Rapid City, South Dakota: Reptile Gardens

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8955 S. Hwy 16, Rapid City, SD
Five miles south of town, on the southbound side of US Hwy 16.
March-Nov. daily 9-4 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
$16.50 summer, $12.50 off-season
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Reptile Gardens.

Reptile Gardens
A popular Black Hills reptile ranch and classic tourist attraction, with performing chickens in boxes and the largest collection of reptiles on Earth, including a giant crocodile named Maniac. Roadsideamerica.com Report...

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The Tic-Tac-Toe playing chicken is no longer at Reptile Gardens. The machine that housed the chicken broke and parts are not available to repair.

[Stephanie Elliott, 05/27/2016]
Reptile Gardens

An under-the-reptile-radar attraction at Reptile Gardens is Maniac, the largest crocodile in captivity in the Western Hemisphere (He is five inches longer than Maximo at St. Augustine Alligator Farm, and weighs well over half a ton). Maniac lives inside a glass enclosure. Feeding shows include live rats, which are tossed into Maniac's gaping mouth via a pole with a gripper claw at the end.

[Roadsideamerica.com Team, 12/11/2014]
Reptile Gardens Defends Its Brainy Chickens

Reptile Gardens in Rapid City, South Dakota, closed its Bewitched Village Trained Animal Show in 2005 -- due, it claimed, to disinterest from the public. (Although certainly not from us.) But it kept "Bird Brain," its tourist-humbling tic-tac-toe-playing chicken, and its basketball-playing chicken as well -- and it intends to keep on keeping them, despite the wishes of Karen Davis, president of an animal rights group named United Poultry Concerns (UPC).

... [05/05/2006] Complete News Story

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